During these unprecedented times, many students may be feeling stressed or worried as we adapt to a new normal. For many of us, the quickly evolving and changing coronavirus conditions make for an uncertain future. We may feel worried about ourselves, our family members and friends. At this time, it’s more important than ever to be kind to yourself and take time to learn about the resources that can support your mental wellbeing.

2 Week Wellness Challenge – Starting Monday, October 19th until Friday, October 30th

During our 2020 annual Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) Campaign, we invite you to prioritize your mental health by signing up for our 2 Week Wellness Challenge. During the challenge, you will have access to daily free virtual activities and events designed to support your mental health and help you cope with the pandemic related stressors.

How Does It Work?

Step 1:

Complete this online Wellness Challenge Registration Form by the deadline of Thursday, October 15th (midnight) to join the challenge.

Step 2:

Use the website schedule to sign up for as many events as you like!

Step 3:

Track your activities and after the challenge, submit an online feedback form by Monday, November 2nd to let us know which activities you completed. Participants that complete a minimum of 6 activities will be entered into the Grand Prize Draw.


To help keep your motivation high throughout the challenge, participants that complete a minimum of 6 activities during the 2 weeks will be entered into a random draw to win the Grand Prize:

A brand new Instant Pot (6 Quart Size)!

Click here to read about how the Instant Pot makes it easier for students to cook healthy meals quickly.

To further keep you motivated, you will have chances throughout the challenge to win wellness prizes for participating in events. Prizes include; A Magic Bullet Blender for Smoothies, a self care basket and e-gift cards to Sport Check, Tim Hortons, Skip the Dishes.


5-6:30pm PT

Virtual Workshop: Managing Emotions During the Pandemic

Join us for a fun, interactive workshop to learn about Emotional Intelligence and strategies to label and manage emotions.

Register Here

Audience: Student & alumni

  Complete Post-event survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Sport Chek


12pm-1:30pm PT

Diversity Circles: Anti-Racism & Active Witnessing Workshop

Experiences of racism have significant negative effects on our mental health. Join this session to learn practical strategies and resources to combat racism and support your mental health.

Register Here

Audience: student, staff, faculty


4:30pm-5:30pm PT

Ask us Anything – Mental Health – A Conversation with BCIT Counselling

During this live interview, you will hear the top FAQ from BCIT students & graduates about mental health. You can also submit your questions to a BCIT Counsellor anonymously so you can Ask Us Anything!

Register Here

Audience: students & alumni

 Complete event survey for a chance to win: Magic Bullet Blender


5-6:30pm PT

Group Wellness Coaching – Online Learning

The transition to online learning has been stressful for some students. In this group coaching session you will learn practical tips to balance your time and consider how to make space for your personal wellbeing when studying from home.

Register Here

Audience: student & alumni

Complete survey for a chance to win $50 Sport Chek Gift card


Self Directed

Self Care Activity

Take some time this weekend to practice self-care by watching one of these films recommended by BCIT Counselling and check out other resources for students on the BCIT Counselling Mental Health at Home website

Link to Films


4:30-6pm PT

Get Crafty – Digital Art & 3D Printing

Join our virtual craft night to de-stress and unleash your creativity. In this session, you will learn the basics of 3D modeling and printing and create your own model

Register Here

Audience: Students

Participants can pick up their free 3D model from BCIT Library


5pm-6pm PT

BCIT Global Peers Community – Social Event

Meaningful social connections help protect our mental health. Join our Global Peer Community to socialize with other students and learn about different cultures through interactive games & activities.

Register Here

Audience: Students

Complete event survey for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Starbuck


5pm-6:30pm PT

Group Wellness Coaching – Self Care & Resiliency

Join our group coaching session to learn tips to increase your resilience and create your own self-care action plan to help you stay well during the pandemic.

Register Here

Audience: Students & Alumni

Complete survey for a chance to win a self-care gift basket


5-6:30pm PT

Financial Education Webinar

For many students, worries about money are one of the biggest sources of stress. In this session you will learn how to reduce stress through budgeting and goal setting to help you save more money.

Register Here

Audience: student & alumni

 Complete survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Tim Hortons


By Appointment Only

Virtual Nutrition Coaching

Did you know that your diet and eating habits can impact your mental health? Sign up for a one-on-one virtual appointment with a nutrition coach to get personalized support for all your nutrition questions and learn about the food-mood relationship.

Book Appointments Here



BCITSA Wellness Services: or email – We offer nutrition coaching, mental wellness programs, social events & craft nights and financial resources.

BCITSA Video Counselling: – The BCITSA Health Plan provides coverage for virtual counselling. Low-cost appointments are available on days and times that can be chosen by the student, including evenings and weekends!

BCITSA MyWellness Website: MyWellness (included in your BCITSA Extended Health and Dental Plan) provides free mental health and wellness support through resources, mental health assessments, and tools. Free financial coaching appointments are also now available through the website.

BCIT Counselling & Student Development: or 604-432-8608 – Free phone and online counselling is available to all students. They can help manage stress, sort through personal concerns and enhance your educational performance.

BCIT Early Assist: BCIT values its students and their well-being. Early Assist is a confidential online platform that provides BCIT faculty, staff and students with an opportunity to identify students who may be struggling personally or academically and offer them appropriate support and services at an early stage. See the website FAQ to learn more:


Here2Talk: In April 2020, the BC Government launched Here2Talk; a new 24/7 free mental-health counselling and referral service. All BC post-secondary students can access online chat sessions with a trained counsellor at (Google Chrome browser recommended) or by downloading the free Here2Talk app. Students can also speak to a counsellor 24/7 by phone (toll-free 1 877 857-3397 or direct 604 642-5212). Students calling from outside Canada can dial +1 604 642-5212 (international calling charges may apply).

Additional Covid-19 Mental Health Resources:

Check out the BCITSA Wellness Department’s list of free community supports, articles and online tools to support student mental health during the pandemic.